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Ray Charles sings ‘We Are the World’

Ray Charles (front, center, and fuzzy, with headphones around his neck) sings during the 'We Are the World' recording session on January 28, 1985. The charity recording, for the group USA for Africa, was a major media event that year. Among those gathered for this very idiosyncratic snapshot-of-relevance-in-pop-music-in-1985 are: Ray Charles, Shiela E (to his left, our right), Bruce Springsteen, Al Jarreau, two Kennys (Loggins and Rogers), Lionel Richie and someone else who looks a lot like Lionel Richie, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper and... Bob Dylan? Ray Charles was born in 1930, so he turned 55 the year 'We Are the World' was recorded.

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